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Hi I'm Glen

I grew up and live in Utah. I am a retired accountant, husband, father, and grandfather. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah and was raised as a Mormon. When I was young I learned to love hiking and backpacking in the remote and beautiful mountains of our state. I also participated in several team sports including basketball, softball, and volleyball. My favorite individual sport was tennis. As I have grown older some physical limitations have ended my backpacking, tennis, and team sports, but I still remain active with gardening, cycling, and walking. I am a certified public accountant. I have spent most of my career as a division or corporate controller. I went back to school later in life and received my MBA degree. I am now finishing out my professional career as a part-time accounting instructor at a local junior college. I married my wonderful wife nearly 43 years ago. We have seven children. One of them was killed in an accident as a young child. Getting through that and moving on with life was one of the most severe challenges I have ever faced. All our living children are now married and have children of their own. Our nineteenth grandchild is on the way and we have one great grandchild. My wife and I both enjoy traveling, going to the theater, good movies (those that have a decent story line and don’t make us blush) and spending time with our family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were two of the most wonderful Christian people I have ever known. Their example had a great influence on my desire to be a Mormon. As a youth I read the Bible and the Book of Mormon regularly and I accepted them both as the word of God. When I was a senior in high school, I started an in-depth personal study of the Book of Mormon and received a powerful personal conviction that it is true. The Book of Mormon is a powerful witness for the Bible, so the conviction I received at that time also strengthened my conviction that the Bible contains the word of God. Since receiving that conviction, I have tried to make Christ the center of my life. I have received repeated personal witnesses from the Holy Spirit that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true and that there is a living prophet on the earth again. I know with all my heart that Christ died for us, cleansed His sincere followers of their sins, was resurrected, and is our living Lord and Savior.

How I live my faith

I know that I am far from perfect at living my religion, but I try. I served as a church missionary in Austria for two years as a young man. Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others remains one of the highlights of my life. I have had the opportunity to serve in many lay leadership positions in the church that involved both local administration and teaching gospel courses. I truly believe that service is the essence of a Christian life. So, while I was serving in the church, I also spent many years heavily involved in various levels of scouting. I worked directly with the boys and helped train other scout leaders in our local area. I also found there was a need for people with strong moral convictions to work in youth sports programs. I served as a baseball and basketball coach or assistant coach in local youth leagues for several years. I tried to be a good example to the boys and young women and lead them in a way that would help them develop good character. With my family I have also tried in various ways to serve the elderly and needy in our communities in personal and sometimes anonymous ways. These experiences have been some of the most rewarding experiences in my life. From May 2014 through November 2015 I will be serving as a full-time volunteer missionary for the church in Hamilton New Zealand.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I started reading the the scriptures when I was twelve. I always had a feeling of peace as I read. As I became a little older I received more profound feelings of peace as I began to understand more about what they teach. I gradually received a personal conviction that the scriptures are true. With that conviction I began to understand that the scriptures contained important directions for me. I also found answers about how I can draw closer to Christ. One of the most tramatic experiences of my life was the death of a child when he was only two years old. The scriptures and the testimony they bear of the resurrection were one of the most powerful influences that helped me get through that terrible loss. Many times since, I have felt the scriptures open my mind and heart, so I could understand more clearly how much our Savior loves each and every person that has ever lived on this earth. I also feel that I am more open to personal guidance of the Savior when I read the scriptures. Show more Show less